Astros: Top Performers Thus Far in 2017

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Apr 17, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; The Houston Astros outfielders celebrate the final out of Houston's 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; The Houston Astros outfielders celebrate the final out of Houston's 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 17, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) swings for a base hit against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports /

Top Performer #2: George Springer

Yes, the Astros talented outfielder has hit somewhat of a cold streak as of late. Since April 10th, Springer has slashed .208/.240/.458 in his past 25 plate appearances before last night’s victory against the Angels. Two of his team-leading six home runs have come in this stretch, which has contributed to the .250 ISO. But his BABIP has remain low in the meantime.

Regardless of the low BABIP and on-base percentage, Springer has made his mark on the Astros with home runs. Specifically as the leadoff man. His production early in the game has helped set up the Astros for success. Whether the team took advantaged of that or not is another subject matter. But his contributions at least improve the team’s chance of winning. Heck, the Astros likely wouldn’t be 9-4 after last night if it wasn’t for his heroics in the first or last inning of a game. And don’t forget that Springer even made a little history while he raking with the bat.

Going forward it will be interesting to see how Springer progresses over the course of the season. While a hot streak like the one we just witnessed is a rare occasion for any ballplayer, he has the toolset to do some incredible baseball feats in between.

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